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International Commercial Arbitration

Key information

Subject area:


Course type:

Executive Education

Credit level:

Not for credit


Fridays (11:30 - 15:00 BST) over 6 weeks

Available course dates:

To be confirmed

Course overview

This Executive Course equips participants with a firm grounding in the law and practice of international commercial arbitration. The course is taught by an international faculty of well-known arbitration experts. Every session will feature leading academics at King’s College London as well as prestigious arbitration practitioners from around the globe (see list of speakers below). This combined format offers attendants rigorous conceptual teaching with a practical and hands-on perspective.

View video from Dr Manuel Penades, course Co-Director, and read feedback from past participants >>>

Delivered in small groups, this course allows constant discussion and networking among attendants and with the weekly guest speakers.

The Executive Course will run online in intensive 3-hour sessions on Fridays, during a 6-week period. This format will allow our attendants to combine their professional commitments with obtaining executive legal education at one of the leading law schools in the world.

The course is endorsed by the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), and is CPD Accredited.


What does this course cover?

The Executive Course on International Commercial Arbitration covers all the stages of arbitration proceedings from drafting agreements through to enforcement and recognition of arbitral awards.

The course adopts an international approach, looking at common concepts, rules and practices in arbitration across the globe. It is therefore useful to professionals working in any jurisdiction in the field of international commerce or dispute resolution. 

What will I achieve?

On completion, you will have complete familiarity with the practice of international commercial arbitration and the relevant laws, international treaties and rules that govern it, including:

  • How to draft an arbitration agreement.
  • How to choose the seat of arbitration.
  • How to select an arbitrator.
  • How to obtain interim relief in arbitration.
  • How to run an arbitration proceeding.
  • How to present evidence in arbitration.
  • How to challenge an arbitral award.
  • How to enforce an arbitral award and alternative means of monetary satisfaction.

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Who will I learn with?

Manuel Penades Fons

Manuel Penades Fons

Reader in International Commercial Law

Renato Nazzini

Renato Nazzini

Director of the Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution

Ana  Serra e Moura

Ana Serra e Moura

Deputy Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration

Belinda McRae

Belinda McRae

Barrister, Twenty Essex Chambers, London

Christian  Leathley

Christian Leathley

Head of US and Latin American Arbitration practices, Herbert Smith Freehills

Eliana Tornese

Eliana Tornese

Registrar, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), London

Guled Yusuf

Guled Yusuf

Partner, Allen & Overy

Jonathan  Lim

Jonathan Lim

Partner, Wilmer Hale

Marie Berard

Marie Berard

Head of International Arbitration practice, Clifford Chance, London

Paul Tan

Paul Tan

Head of Asian Arbitration, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Vivek  Neelakantan

Vivek Neelakantan

Deputy Registrar, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)

Who is this for?

The Executive Course is designed for professionals at an early and middle stage of their careers who would like to equip themselves with the key notions of international arbitration law and practice.

The Course is suited to professionals in private practice, in the public sector and in-house counsel, and advanced students at postgraduate level.

The number of students is capped to facilitate interaction between the participants in the course.

What is the teaching schedule?

Sessions take place online each Friday from 11:30-15:00 (BST)

The weekly structure is as follows:

  • 11.30-12.30: Seminar
  • 12.30-12.45: Break and introductory discussion with guest speaker
  • 12.45-13.45: Seminar delivered by a guest speaker.
  • 13.45-14.00: Break and follow up networking discussion with guest speaker
  • 14.00-15.00: Seminar

Further information

Course leader

Dr Manuel Penades is a Senior Lecturer in International Arbitration at King’s College London. Qualified as Solicitor for England and Wales, and Abogado in Spain, he is an expert in international arbitration, with regular experience across jurisdictions as arbitrator, counsel and expert witness. Before joining King’s College London, Manuel worked at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), where he also obtained his LLM, and practised in a major arbitration firm in London. His research on arbitration has been cited by commercial courts, and he recently led the Workforce at the IBA Toolkit on the impact of Insolvency on Arbitration. View Manuel's profile

Guest Speakers

A guest practitioner features every week, allowing participants direct access to world leaders in the field, through teaching and through the allocated networking time.

Week 1: Christian Leathley, Head of US and Latin American Arbitration practices, Herbert Smith Freehills

Christian Leathley is the Head of the Latin America Group, as well as the US Head of International Arbitration, at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, New York. He specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration and has nearly 20 years' experience of working in all countries throughout Central and South America. He also sits as an arbitrator in English and Spanish language arbitrations. View profile

Week 2: Ana Serra e Moura, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Ana Serra is the current Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, which she joined in 2011. Before joining the ICC, she worked with leading arbitrator Juan Fernández-Armesto, at Armesto & Asociados in Madrid and CCA Advogados Ontier in Lisbon. View profile

Week 3: Belinda McRae, Barrister,Twenty Essex Chambers (London) 

Belinda McRae is a barrister in Twenty Essex Chambers (London), where she has developed a wide-ranging practice focusing on public international law, civil fraud and complex contract disputes, jurisdiction challenges (including relating to Brexit), and all aspects of international arbitration (including enforcement and challenges to awards in London-seated arbitrations). She has appeared before all instances of UK judiciary (including the UK Supreme Court - five times) and before arbitral tribunals under a variety of rules (UNCITRAL, ICSID, LCIA, ICC, and LMAA). Before joining Chambers, Belinda was an Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. View profile

Week 3: Eliana Tornese, Registrar, London Court of InternationalArbitration (LCIA)

Registrar, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), London”. Her longer profile is: “Eliana Tornese is the Registrar at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), which she joined in 2015. Prior to this she worked for 3 years as Counsel at the ICC and for 7 years in the international arbitration practice at BonelliErede in Milan. View profile

Week 3: Marie Berard, Head of International Arbitration Practice

Head of International Arbitration practice, Clifford Chance, London”. Her longer profile is: “Marie Berard is a partner at Clifford Chance, where she leads the London International Commercial Arbitration Group. Marie sits as arbitrator and acts as counsel for multinational corporations on a wide range of international arbitration proceedings pursuant to the major institutional rules (including LCIA, ICC) and ad-hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL Rules. She is the Director of the LCIA Board and Vice President of the LCIA European Users' Council. View profile

Week 4: Jonathan Lim, Partner, Wilmer Hale

Jonathan Lim is partner at Wilmer Hale, London, where he specialises in complex international disputes. Triple-qualified (England, Singapore and New York), he has a broad practice representing private sector and government clients in all types of commercial and investment arbitrations seated in jurisdictions worldwide, both institutional and ad hoc. Mr Lim has also worked on WTO dispute settlement matters and advised international organisations and governments in Africa and Asia on public international law issues. View profile

Week 5: Paul Tan, Head of Asian Arbitraton, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher 

Paul Tan is partner and Head of Asian arbitration at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Singapore. Paul is a commercial litigation and international arbitration (both commercial and investor state) specialist. His practice focuses on managing disputes across South East Asia, with deep experience advising on complex issues of public and private international law. View profile

Vivek Neelakantan, Deputy Registrar, Singapore International Arbitration Centre

Vivek is Deputy Registrar of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. He has over 15 years’ experience in international dispute resolution and arbitration. Prior to joining SIAC, Vivek spent time in private practice in India and was as partner at a leading law firm in Singapore, regularly acting as counsel on international arbitrations under various institutional rules. Vivek was involved in the establishment of SIAC’s first overseas office in Mumbai, India. View profile

Week 6: Guled Yusuf, Allen & Overy

Guled is a partner at Allen & Overy’s International Arbitration Group, a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the ICC Africa Commission. He was also appointed to the ICSID Panel of Conciliators by the Federal Republic of Somalia in 2021. Guled has extensive expertise in international commercial and investment arbitrations across the globe, as well as public international law. He has experience across a range of sectors and regions, but has particular expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors as well as disputes relating to the African continent. View profile

Attending a virtual course with The Dickson Poon School of Law

This course is delivered online and live in our virtual classroom and so participants must be available to attend all the sessions at the published times to participate. You will be supported to participate, interact and network with other professionals.

Please note that all times are local to London, UK (BST). Participants based outside of the UK must ensure they can join the virtual classroom at the published course times. 

What equipment do I need?

To participate you simply need a stable internet connection and a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone. You will be sent full joining instructions for your course prior to the first session and our programme team will be available to assist with questions.

Entry requirements

Degree in Law (or another subject plus the conversion course) or Professional legal experience. English proficiency is a key requirement. The course is suitable for those who were taught in English up to degree level or use English as their working language

Course status:

Course closed

Full fee £2150

King's Alumni £1827.50

Terms and Conditions

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